What has changed
The Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) in Ireland is implementing a new Employment Permit Online System (EPOS) in September 2016. Employment Permit applications and submission of supporting documentation can be made online via EPOS along with payments of fees (where applicable) by credit/debit card through a secure payment gateway. Until now, all applications were submitted via post.
Who is affected?
- Employment Permit applicants
What to expect
The new EPOS will change the application process to become more streamlined. The DJEI intends for this to lead to a faster turnaround time for applications.
Each Employment Permit application will have its own unique Work Reference ID. As such, generic forms will no longer be available. The application must be submitted through the initial phase online which then generates the application specific forms for signature. Once the application is submitted through this initial phase it cannot be recalled or amended, so a full review by Emigra Worldwide and the client must happen prior to signing the forms. Supporting documentation including photos will be submitted online. Any additional items requested or omitted from the initial application must be submitted via post.
Applications for Trusted Partner Status will still be made via the postal system. However, Trusted Partner Employment Permit applications will be submitted via the new online system.
We can continue with postal applications at this time until the official go live date is announced by the DJEI.
What you need to do
- The DJEI has not yet given a precise launch date but it is expected to be in early September. We will notify our clients once the DJEI has announced the go live date for the online applications.
- Once the online system has gone live, Emigra Worldwide will guide our clients through the new application process as normal. The client should feel no direct impact due to the change in submission process.
- Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.
The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.